MUSIC, PEOPLE

NEW MUSIC: LOUIE KNUXX

My friend, Auckland-based rapper Todd Williams (aka Louie Knuxx) is looking to release his new album Tiny Hearts within the next month. And now for the really exciting bit – YOU can be a part of ensuring that this project sees the light of day by contributing to his Boosted album campaign.

Here are a few words from Todd:

My third full length project Tiny Warm Hearts will be my best yet, my magnum opus as they say (do they say that?). 

Ten tracks of progressive romance rap brought to life with the assistance of Mzwetwo, Haz Beats, Fortunes and many others oh and YOU! 

You can be a part of NZ rap history, by contributing to my boosted campaign you can ensure this project actually see’s the light of day and attention it deserves.

I always put my music up for free and I would like to keep it that way but it does make it difficult financially when it comes to winding up the process and getting the music mastered, getting the art work done and all those other costs that come into play. Labels and funding bodies don’t get me but my listeners do, this is why I am appealing to you the audience to be apart of this.

What I plan to do to make this interesting for all is document as much of this process as possible. We are looking at releasing the album in mid November and up until that point (and after) I want to document as much of the journey as I can and share it with you. This is exciting for me because I love when artists do that shit.

In addition to this when we hit certain goals I will release things like songs, videos, artwork and a tracklisting, 

Anyhow it does feel a little odd to call on the generosity of your listenership  but I guess this is for the lovely souls who insist on paying for my music even when I tell them to get it for free (which you can do on my Louie Knuxx bandcamp btw).

Thanks so much!

Louie Knuxx

Because the campaign has now reached (and surpassed!) 50%, Louie Knuxx has released a heartfelt and stirring new single, Mercury Plaza.

Check out the single below and if you like what you hear, head over to Boosted to support the cause.

Louie Knuxx is on BandCamp, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and also is part of a killer team who release a weekly podcast called ‘How Not To Be An Asshole’ which you can check out here.

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APP OF THE MONTH: PSEUBOARD

[Image via Fancy.com]

pseuBoard is hands down my favourite new app – [Note: I may be bias] Because it was created by one of my best friends, Astley Lee, I’ve had access to it in all its different manifestations for the last few months. The latest update to the app improves the ease of use dramatically and it is now ready to be shared with the world.

Put simply, pseuBoard is a .gif sharing application but what makes it unique and exceptional is that it presents as a keyboard which can be added alongside your regular/emoji-boards, therefore the gifs are as accessible as typing a word or set of *heart-eye* emojis.

On top of ease and accessibility, the true winning element is the assortment of gifs Astley has collected for use – There is something for everyone and beyond that, there’s a clever/smart-ass way to answer any of your friend’s texts. Seriously. Most of the 100+ gifs on the app are #rare and will truly have your friends impressed while in fits of laughter. Over the last few months, I’ve had countless “wow”, “you’re the gif queen”, and “how do you do it!?” responses to my gif-filled rants.

I guess my secrets out. Oh well.

[My personal favourite .gif from the app]

pseuBOARD iOS Keyboard is now available in the App Store – COP UP FAM!

Pseu Co. is on Twitter & Instagram
Astley is on Twitter & Instagram

(Big up to Ast for including a DOVE’S DIARY .gif on the app! Love you bro.)

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MUSIC, PEOPLE, PHOTO/VIDEO

INTRODUCING: ENOxDIRTY

[Friday night with Eden & Manu]

It’s a freezing Friday night in Auckland City and I’m on Ponsonby Road waiting to meet Eden and Manu aka ENO x DIRTY, Central AK’s latest addition to the thriving New Zealand music scene. Their EP, Easter Eggs & Good Sportsmanship was released last month to resounding, positive feedback. Noisey premiered it stating that the sound was something ‘both familiar and unique.’

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LISTEN: PODCAST – HOW NOT TO BE AN A**HOLE

[Dan, Dom, Todd – Photo by Cameron Robinson]

My friend Todd Williams (Louie Knuxx) has been running an hour long weekly podcast with fellow New Zealanders, Dominic Hoey (Tourettes), and Dan Mawby. While Dan exists mostly in the background as the technical wizard, Todd and Dom tackle the airwaves with their own brand of unique and refreshing candour. Both men are exceptionally informed and hilarious, which makes for some interesting dialogue.

Each week they feature a different guest or guests, and cover a wide range of topics, with nothing excluded as too sacred. They are now 21 episodes in, and have spoken with politicians, police, bloggers, rappers, and athletes.

Check out my 3 favourite episodes below:

HNTBAA is on SoundCloud, iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

NEW MUSIC: JONO DAS – ILLUSTRATIONS EP

The latest effort from Auckland-based producer, Jono Das seems to borrow from a vast and deep arsenal of musical influences – Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues, Psychedelia, and Hip Hop.

His project, aptly titled ‘Illustrations’ combines all of these elements without fault, creating something as visually enriching as it is sonically forthright. Das, who also happens to be an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and videographer, is no stranger to bringing ideas to life visually, however as of late, prefers to paint songs rather than pictures.

Illustrations is the perfect marriage between earth and space; a fusion of nature and the cosmos.

Listen above and download the project free here.

Jono Das is on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Facebook, & Instagram

 

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